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The New York Times has a New Article on the UNC Scandal

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Sarah Lyall from The New York Times published an article yesterday covering the ongoing academic scandal at the University of North Carolina. In the piece, Lyall describes the bitterness directed toward Dan Kane (the journalist who has primarily investigated the story) by both the university and some of its fans. The writing itself is relatively tame but does make UNC seem pretty darn evasive. Here’s an excerpt:

While criticizing Kane’s reporting, North Carolina has also gone to great lengths to discredit the work of Willingham, the learning specialist, who resigned from the university last week, saying that the atmosphere had become too difficult. Willingham maintains that the university routinely admitted underprepared athletes with substandard reading levels and steered them into questionable classes.

Finding itself at a dead end, the N&O recently sued U.N.C., seeking records about athletes’ enrollment in the questionable classes dating back to the 1990s. The newspaper says it needs the information to determine if there is any link between the athletic department and what went on in the African studies department. The university says that releasing the records would violate student confidentiality.

Their point about confidentiality may have some merit, but overall the university seems strangely defensive. Meanwhile, we haven’t heard a peep from Mark Emmert or the NCAA in the three years since the story broke.

Fore more background on the scandal, read Lyall’s full article HERE

Article written by Caleb Epley

Vanderbilt student, Kentucky fan. Skilled at using big words and telling bad jokes. Twitter: @CalebEpleyKSR

13 Comments for The New York Times has a New Article on the UNC Scandal

  1. seriously
    9:37 pm April 27, 2014 Permalink


  2. David
    9:54 pm April 27, 2014 Permalink

    the NCAA (and specifically Mark Emmert) would have been all over this story had it occurred at UK… UNC is just too entrenched in merchandising (and a nice revenue stream for NCAA) to incur any action from the NCAA… the NCAA further proves that they play favorites and when it comes to disrupting revenue to THEM, they choose $$$$ over scruples

    • Michael
      10:23 pm April 27, 2014 Permalink

      Does UNC make a substantial amount more in merchandising than UK? I would be surprised if they did.

  3. Chaz
    10:00 pm April 27, 2014 Permalink

    UNC is truly one of America’s leading universities, and the academic staff is raising holy hell over this scandal. It’s going to come down to professors with no interests in sports vs the athletic department. Regardless of the outcome, UNC has lost the academic high ground.

  4. UKJonny
    10:20 pm April 27, 2014 Permalink

    My question is: Which organization will implode first, the NCAA or North Carolina? I say the NCAA because they won’t investigate and with all the new happenings of the said power conferences and possible succession from the NCAA. Why do you think the NCAA is giving more freedoms as we speak regarding the student athlete(s). Hmmmmmm, think about it people, the money, the Empire, and the control. North Carolina will get a slap on the wrist…that’s all…..let’s move along people.

  5. Kat308
    10:41 pm April 27, 2014 Permalink

    I think this mater sohuld gett loked intoo sorry for speling I went to UNC

  6. Hmmmm
    11:47 pm April 27, 2014 Permalink

    Word on the street is that Daniel Orton is graduating from UNC this summer with a 4.0 GPA.

  7. WTF
    11:49 pm April 27, 2014 Permalink

    I just open up a Cracker Jack box and received a UNC diploma with my snack. WTF, I remember the gold old days when the prizes were actually good and meaningful. I want a refund on my snack!

  8. bluemanchew
    1:16 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    If it has taken this long nothing will be done. Schools have been disciplined for less and there has bee no lawsuits. So I believe nothing will be done. Ps what does the picture have to do with the story? If it is relevant, it is reaching.

    • Computer Blue
      1:24 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

      It is very relevant. That very paper earned a student athlete an A- in a class at UNC. There were no other assignments.

  9. Rocky
    7:25 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    …..let’s move along people.

    Why would any self-respecting UK fan write this? I say that we mention the cheating scandals at UNC for the rest of our lives. Why would we remain silent? If the shoe were on the other foot, they would shout it for an eternity.

    Regardless of whether anything ever comes of this or not, we need to make certain the it is never forgotten.

  10. UKFAN248
    8:51 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    The thumb! WTH?

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